A case of dinosaur cannibalism? Tyrannosaurus bites into the world’s news …

Last week was a big week for paleontology articles in PeerJ – first there was news that Brontosaurus is back, then two days later we published an article on Tyrannosaurus bite marks: Pre- and postmortem tyrannosaurid bite marks on the remains of Daspletosaurus (Tyrannosaurinae: Theropoda) from Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

Title: Artists reconstruction of combat between two Daspletosaurus. Credit: Luis Rey (copyright: Luis Rey)

Title: Artists reconstruction of combat between two Daspletosaurus. Credit: Luis Rey (copyright: Luis Rey)

The article generated a huge amount of interest in the global press – much of it noting that this new research points to the possibility of dinosaur cannibalism. Take a look and see what you think.

Congratulations to the authors David Hone and Darren Tanke on this well deserved coverage! We are delighted you chose to publish with PeerJ.

Coauthors David Hone (left, red) and Darren Tanke (right, green) in the Royal Tyrrell Museum with the skull of the tyrannosaur.

Coauthors David Hone (left, red) and Darren Tanke (right, green) in the Royal Tyrrell Museum with the skull of the tyrannosaur.

In case you missed any of the news, here’s a link to just some of the coverage the article received:

BBC: T. rex cousin has battle scars and signs of cannibalism

CBS News: Tyrannosaurs: Predators, fighters, cannibals?

Discovery News: Tyrannosaurs were violent cannibals, victim shows

Der Spiegel: Tyrannosaurus Rex: He even ate conspecifics

Die Welt: Tyrannosaur had the tendency to be cannibals

El Pais: The terrible life of a Tyrannosaurus devoured by their peers

NBC News: Tyrannosaur Skull Reveals Signs of Fierce Cannibal Battle

Science: T.Rex cousin was a cannibal

Science News: Tyrannosaurs fought and ate each other

The Daily Telegraph: Tyrannosaur turned to cannibalism, scientists say

And two great blog posts from author David Hone:

The Guardian: Tyrannosaur combat – new evidence of clashes between titans

The Huffington Post: Did tyrant dinosaurs dine on one another?

 

Right side view of the Daspletosaurus skull. (Scale bar is 10 cm). Credit: David Hone

Right side view of the Daspletosaurus skull. (Scale bar is 10 cm). Credit: David Hone

To check out all of the coverage the article has received to date, just head over to the article and click on ‘View all metrics + mentions on the web’ in the left hand navigation panel.

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